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How is child support determined where there is a 50/50 custody split?

Q: If, through a mediator a 50/50 custody split is agreed upon, how is child support determined? Actual parenting time is more like 70/30 and the parent who does spend more time (70%) also has the higher income.

A: David's Answer: No offense, but you shouldn't craft an agreement which is different from reality. It may cause problems on down the road, including but not limited to child support. So technically, child support with shared custody usually results in an off-set between the higher-earning parent & the lower-earning parent. That said, it's also arguable that if reality is different from the printed page, then the "actual" non-custodial parent may get hit with the entire guidelines support. Schedule a consult with a Westchester Child Support attorney for a full assessment. - David Bliven, Westchester Child Support attorney (

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